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Nurse, RCN activist and health and safety advocate
Sue Pettett, who has died aged 63, was a champion for health and safety in the workplace. She was well known throughout the RCN as a committed activist whose compassion and willingness to help members, fellow campaigners and staff contributed to the strength of the college in Grampian.
Sue’s nursing career began as an enrolled nurse in the army. In the 1990s she completed a conversion course at Foresterhill College in Aberdeen, before working as a staff nurse in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. Sue finished her career as a moving and handling trainer in NHS Grampian, retiring in 2010.
She was passionate about ensuring that staff were safe in the workplace. She encouraged everyone to undertake appropriate training and she assessed the risks to their wellbeing at work.
Sue was an active member of the RCN Grampian branch for many years. She held a variety of offices, most recently as treasurer.
She was a frequent attendee at RCN congresses and a regular contributor at the microphone during debates. Sue was an experienced RCN representative, demonstrating her commitment to nursing and the RCN as a health and safety rep and steward, and member of the Work Injured Nurses Group.
Her commitment extended beyond her retirement. She continued to work as a steward and to offer support to new colleagues, who benefited greatly from her experience.
Sue was a keen supporter of the Scouts for many years, organising the wardrobe for the gang shows in March every year, as well as assisting at local camps.
obituary: may 9 :: vol 26 no 36 :: 2012